Checking in on Glacier National Park, it says that Going To The Sun road is still closed and currently being ploughed.
Visitors can drive 15.5 miles from the West Entrance to Avalanche, and 13.5 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Jackson Glacier Overlook.
The section of the road between Avalanche and Jackson Glacier Overlook is closed due to plowing. On the West Side, hiker/biker access is to The Loop while the road crew working, approximately 8 miles past the vehicle closure. When road crew is not working there is a hard hiker/biker closure at Logan Pass, approximately 16 miles past the vehicle closure. On the East Side, the hiker/biker closure is at No Stump Point (just beyond Siyeh Bend) approximately 3 miles past the vehicle closure.
Still inside the typical ranges:
Portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road remain open all year and provide access to many locations and activities. The opening of the alpine portion varies, based on snowfall and plowing progress. There is no set date for the road to open. Typically the road has been fully open in late June or early July.
Closing portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road is also weather dependent. Typically the road is fully open until the third Monday of October, but that can change due to weather conditions at any point.
To help you plan, check out past opening and closing dates. (60 KB pdf)
But past dates have some significantly earlier than now.
Year Opening 1933 July 15 1934 June 1 1935 June 13 1936 June 11 1937 June 12 1938 June 11 1939 May 27 1940 May 28 1941 May 28 1942 June 14 1943 July 10 1944 June 6 1945 June 15 1946 June 11 1947 June 15 1948 June 11 1949 May 30 1950 June 15 1951 June 9
Sure looks like the late ’30s were warm. Opening in May (and with much less competent equipment then, too)
For these later years, they have both opening and closing dates ( I’m skipping a bunch in the middle)
Year Opening Closing 2000 May 27 Oct 16 2001 June 7 Oct 22 2002 June 28 Oct 28 2003 May 30 Oct 28 2004 May 30 Oct 18 2005 May 22 Oct 31 2006 June 23 Oct 23 2007 July 1 Sept 16 2008 July 2 Oct 20 2009 June 26 Oct 19 2010 June 24 Oct 18 2011 July 13 Sept 17 2012 June 19 Sept 16 2013 June 21 Sept 23 2014 July 2 Sept 22 2015 June 19 Oct 5 2016 June 16 Oct 10 2017 June 28 Sept 3 2018 June 22 Sept 29 2019 June 22 Sept 25 2020 July 13 Oct 9
Gee, several opening dates in July in the 2000 era… Doesn’t look exceptionally warm / snow melted to me.
There’s foot notes on a lot of these, that I’ve left out. If you care, hit the link. Here’s one example from 2011:
h) Exceptional snowpack year and continued winter weather through June.
So 2011 was an “exceptional snowpack” and had continued winter weather THROUGH June. Doesn’t sound very “warm” to me either.
They blame the late opening of 2020 on “Covid”. Yeah, right. ‘Cause working alone on a snow plow is so crowded… /snark;
q) Late opening due to COVID-19 pandemic. Road open from West Entrance to Rising Sun only. First time in history a portion of the Going-to-the-Sun Road remained closed for an entire season.
Any bets on them claiming the late open this year will be due to excess snow left over from last year and, muh, covid?
Whatever. It looks like time to start watching the Going To The Sun Road opening this year.
Just as a reminder, at one point the Park Service was hysterically saying the glaciers would be gone by… by… last year.
which points to:
National Parks Quietly Toss Signs Saying Glaciers ‘Will Be Gone’ By 2020 (They’re Growing)
by Jeff Dunetz | Jun 10, 2019 | Climate
SHHHHHHHH!!! The National Park Service has quietly removed all the signs put up by the Obama administration that told visitors that the glaciers would “all be gone” by the year 2020 due to global warming… because… it’s 2019, and the glaciers are all still there and have been growing.
Glacier National Park quietly removed a sign at its visitor center saying the glaciers will disappear by 2020 which were originally placed because former President Obama believed the predictions pushed by the left’s climate change hypothesis.
According to federal officials, several years in a row of high snowfall and cold temperatures totally obliterated a computer model that authorities relied on to claim that the glaciers would all be melted by 2020, Daily Caller reported.
Despite reality making a joke of the former computer model that made such a foolish forecast, the signs still hold to the global warming theme. The segment that once said the glaciers would for sure be gone by 2020 now reads, “When they completely disappear, however, will depend on how and when we act.”
The USGS still insists, “The overall picture remains the same, however, and that picture is that the glaciers all continue to retreat.”
The signage alteration was first noticed by climate writer Roger Roots who wrote last week, “As recently as September 2018 the diorama displayed a sign saying GNP’s glaciers were expected to disappear completely by 2020. The ‘gone by 2020’ claims were repeated in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other international news sources.”
“Almost everywhere, the Park’s specific claims of impending glacier disappearance have been replaced with more nuanced messaging indicating that everyone agrees that the glaciers are melting,” Roots added.
Both articles have a lot more in them. I found this bit particularly interesting (my bold):
Dr. Roots explains how the government skews the truth:
A major flaw in the government’s ‘before’ and ‘after’ approach is the omission of precise calendar dates. Every Montanan knows that mountain glaciers grow for 9 months of the year and then melt for 3 months. Thus a picture of a glacier taken in June or July will always show the glacier much larger than will a photo taken in early September. Comparing one year (“circa 1952”) to another year (“2005’) can be highly manipulative. Only a year-by-year, date-by-date comparison of photos taken at the end of the melt season (generally around the second week of September) will establish whether a glacier is growing or shrinking.
This year (2018) it quickly became clear that the glaciers have grown substantially in recent years. A startling example is seen at the Jackson Glacier overlook on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The government has erected a sign with two photos: (1) the Glacier in 1911; and (2) the Glacier in 2009. The display shows the Jackson Glacier melting away to perhaps 10 or 20 percent of its 1911 size. But visitors to the marker in 2018 are able to look up above in the distance and see that the Jackson Glacier has grown significantly since 2009. The Glacier’s growth may be as much as 30 or more percent since 2009.
Sure looks like just normal cyclical changes to me. Now turned to colder and glaciers growing again.